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The mansion is now open for the 2022 season, mid-May - October 30th. Tours are by RESERVATION ONLY, which are made by calling the site and speaking to staff. (Please note: leaving a voicemail is not a reservation and will ot be regarded as such).
Happy October! Are the leaves changing where you live?
PLEASE NOTE: Due to illness, tours will be offered on a limited basis over the next few days. Please give us a call at 518-434-0834 to learn about our offerings and so we can accommodate you to the best of our abilities. Thank you for your understanding!
Did you know that even pre-photography there was a way for people to keep a likeness of their loved ones with them? It's called a "portrait miniature," and while no longer in-fashion, it was very popular (especially among the wealthy) in the 18th century.
Portrait miniatures are just what they sound like: tiny portraits. They were often worn like jewelry. Parents commissioned ones of their children, as Angelica Schuyler Church did for her eldest four children, and spouses commissioned them of each other.
Above is a 1780s portrait miniature of an unknown woman, painted by Heinrich Friedrich Fueger. In the portrait miniature, she's holding her own portrait miniature of a loved one, which you can see she also wears around her neck.
Do you care photographs of loved ones with you?
Would you like to wake up here every morning?
It's overcast In Albany, but the weather is still nice!
Something one of our interpreters noticed about these portraits: both of the Schuyler children (on the left-hand side in each photo) are looking directly at the painter, while their spouses are looking at them. We found no pattern of this in the artist's other work, so we're wondering what it could mean... Anyone have any guesses they'd like to share?
(Images: Philip Jeremiah Schuyler and Mary Anne Sawyer; Cornelia Schuyler and Washington Morton, all by Thomas Sully, circa 1807)
One question we often get on tours is "what's that?" in reference to the chatelaine on the bed in Philip and Catharine Schuylers' room. And it's a great question! A chatelaine is a piece of jewelry women wore on their pocket, and it was displayed on the outside of their skirts so they could easily carry and access small items. They carried practical items (keys, sewing needle holders, thimble holders, scissors, small notebooks, and knives), as well as ornamental ones (lockets, perfume bottles and funnels, and portrait miniatures). The types of objects on them often denoted status and wealth. In the reproduction sample we have, Catharine is carrying both sewing needle and thimble holders, a locket, a funnel for perfume, and a portrait miniature of her daughter, Angelica, who was abroad in Europe for over a decade. Her chatelaine is practical, ornamental, and sentimental--a likely combination for a woman of her wealth and status in the 18th century.
How do you carry around small objects like these today? Do you carry more practical or sentimental ones?
(Image: Schuyler Mansion's reproduction chatelaine and pocket.)
in 1758, Margarita/Margaret "Peggy" Schuyler was born to Catharine van Rensselaer and Philip Schuyler. In 1777, she celebrated her 17th birthday as the first Battle of Saratoga, the Battle of Freeman's Farm, raged on 40 miles north of Albany. Happy 265th birthday, Peggy! 🎂
Today Schuyler Mansion is closed, but we're at Crailo State Historic Site helping run their annual Harvest Faire! Join us at Crailo from 11AM-4PM, and learn more about this free event below!
Attendees are invited to explore the 17th and 18th centuries with a curated line-up of activities, including musical performances, a Native American presentation, historic reenactors, crafts, and games. Come learn about traditional African lives and foodways in Crailo’s hearth kitchen and discover...
Please note that tomorrow, Saturday, September 16th, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site is CLOSED because we will be at Crailo State Historic Site helping with their Harvest Faire celebration! Stop by Crailo any time between 11-4 and join us!
This little friend was on the back door this morning!
Thank you for such an awesome review and write-up! 🤩
I visited the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site while in Albany, NY on our 7 year, 50 state road trip - here's what it's like.
Last week marked an important anniversary in the Schuyler household: the marriage of Philip Schuyler and Catharine van Rensselaer! While the couple had likely been courting for some time, Catharine's father quickly called Schuyler, who was fighting in the French and Indian War, home from the warfront. He and Catharine married two days later, and had their first child, Angelica, five months later. Happy belated 268th anniversary, Philip and Catharine! 👰♀️🤵♂️🥂
(Image: Philip Schuyler to Catharine van Rensselaer)
Happy ! Did you know Philip and Catharine Schuyler had thirty-nine grandchildren? They lived to meet twenty-seven of them, with twelve being born after their deaths. The first of the thirty-nine grandchildren was the young boy pictured below, Philip Church. The son of their eldest daughter, Philip was born in the US, but spent most of his childhood in Europe. Angelica sent her parents this portrait of him, painted by John Trumbull, as a way to see their beloved grandson.
Happy back to school, 18th century style! In the 1795, fourteen-year-old Caty Schuyler went to New York City and lived with her older sister, Elizabeth Hamilton, while attending school. She attended S.&N. Lilly's, where her father paid for her "day board," indicating she didn't live at the school. Receipts for and letters about her education reveal she studied geography, history, drawing, embroidery, and the forte piano. She was also learning French, philosophy, poetry, geometry, and arithmetic.
To learn more about her education, check out our blog post here: https://schuylermansion.blogspot.com/2020/03/i-shall-most-cheerfully-pay-education.html
It's the first day of school here in Albany! Caty Schuyler is ready (backpack and all!) to return to the classroom. She's joined by her nephew and nieces (one of whom was older than her!), John, Kitty, and Eliza Church. What do you think Caty studied? Check back tomorrow for the answer!
Philip Schuyler didn't need the motherloade cheat. The window placement is actually on purpose!
In the 18th century, there was a back courtyard that contained the bathroom, kitchen, office, and plant nursery. These buildings cut off a lot of space where the windows normally would have gone, breaking the typical symmetry of the Georgian style of architecture.
Don't ever feel bad about your build in The Sims as long as real life houses look like this 😂
It's a cozy Sunday morning--who are you playing backgammon with?
Thank you so much for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and we love these pictures! 😍
Spotted from the window of Schuyler’s library while opening this morning: a squirrel having some bread for breakfast!
Sometimes the light hits just right!
It's a beautiful day here! 😍
It's a beautiful day here and the squirrels are out to play! Can you spot the two of them in this picture?
Our first kids' creative writing program is officially over! Thank you so much to the students for sharing their amazing stories and talent with us! We'd also like to thank NY Library for providing us with the books and space at the Howe Branch, allowing us to make this workshop possible!
We had a great time during the first day of our kids’ creative writing workshop!
“Three tickets to please!”
Barbie can do anything, and the Schuyler sisters could too! Even back in the 1770s, their parents gave them the best education New York City could offer, and supported their educational interests after their schooling ended.
These are beautiful! 😍 Thank you for visiting Schuyler Mansion for your meetup and for sharing your amazing artwork with us!
These are some of the books that were part of Schuyler's legal collection, which was used upon request by law students and young lawyers to further their studies. If you had unlimited space, what genre of books would you like to collect?
It's sunny in here even on a cloudy day!
A (potentially!) stormy day in Albany ⛈
We're excited for our school group later today!
It's a beautiful day here!
"Compliments of the Season!" to you and yours this holiday! We wish you festive Christmas gambols and many wassail toasts!
Getting ready for our "Phantasmagoria" program tomorrow night! The fun at this outdoor event starts at 6:30 p.m.. Bring your chair and someone to grab!
Banned Books Week: Sep 18 - 24
This , we’re taking a look at a book the was banned in the United States for over 200 years and was part of Philip Schuyler's personal library.
F***y Hill, originally titled, Memoirs of a Woman, was written in London in 1748 by John Cleland. Fenton and Ralph Griffiths published it under the name "G. Fenton" in two installments in 1748 and 1749. The novel consists of two letters from the titular character, Frances “F***y” Hill, to a “Madam.” F***y tells Madam about her fall into prostitution, her sexual experiences in explicit detail, and her eventual rise to respectability. F***y Hill is considered the first modern pornographic novel written in English.
The novel was banned in England almost immediately upon the publication of its final installment in 1749. The author and its publisher were arrested by the Duke of New Castle in November, and publication of the book was forbidden. Pirated copies were still printed and sold underground in both England and, later, the United States. It wasn’t until 1966, after the Supreme Court ruling in Memoirs v. Massachusetts, that the unabridged version of the novel could be legally published in the United States, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that the book was published without challenge in England.
Have you read or are you planning on reading a banned book? Join a local right to read banned books event today!
Meet Jess ...
Jess has worked as a Historic Site Intepreter at Schuyler Mansion since 2017 and has used her MA in Creative Writing to bring Schuyler family stories to quite the broad audience!
As she says, "One of my favorite aspects of this job is the research. I love the thrill of going through primary sources and finding hidden gems that allow me to not only make my tours more dynamic, but help develop new outreach programs. I enjoy sharing what I find with the public, whether during a tour or talk, or on our social media and blog."
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